One in four under-25s on dole as number of foreigners falls

ALMOST one-in-four Irish people under the age of 25 is on the dole while the number of non-Irish nationals on the live register has fallen for the second consecutive month.

In a trend repeated monthly over the past year, latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the increasing number of young people out of work.

Last month, there were 95,745 under-25s out of a total of 440,056 signing on the dole. The pattern is reflected in all regions but slightly more so in the border, midland and western (BMW) area.

The figures further show there are almost double the amount of young men under the age of 25 on the live register than women.

Meanwhile, the number of non-Irish people signing on fell by 482 in August to 80,304 as the numbers of foreign workers leaving the country continues to gather pace.

Foreigners make up just over 18% of all people on the live register.

This figure is in contrast to the increase of 4,803 in Irish nationals claiming jobseekers allowance last month.

The total amount of people claiming the dole increased from 435,735 in July to 440,056 in August.

The increase was reflected generally countrywide, with the largest increase in Dublin (1.7%). The smallest increase was in the mid-east region.

In the year up to August, the number of people signing on increased by 192,672 — almost a 78% increase on the corresponding period in 2008.

The sharp increase in unemployment was also widespread.

The largest increase was in the mid-east which includes Kildare, Meath and Wicklow where numbers on the dole increased by over 88% in the past year.

The south-east — encompassing Carlow, Kilkenny, south Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford — showed the smallest annual increase, although the hike was still about 70%.

In a gender breakdown, male increases were notable in all areas.

The largest increase was in the west (+1.7%) which includes Galway, Mayo and Roscommon while the impact was felt less in the mid-east. The number of jobless women increased in all but one region, with the largest increase in Dublin (+2%). The only decrease was recorded in the south-east (-0.2%).

Among the counties, the largest signing-on hike was in Roscommon (+204%), while the largest drop was in Meath (-2.1%).


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